Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised school absences

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Dear Warwickshire County Council,

I would like to request the following data under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. How many Fixed Penalty Notices has your council handed out between September 2018 – July 2019 to parents for the following unauthorised school absences:
a. Persistent lateness (arriving after the register has been taken)
b. Unauthorised leave in term time (e.g. being taken out of school for holiday)
c. Delayed return from authorised leave
d. General unauthorised absence/truancy (including parentally condoned absence)
2. How many FPNs have not been paid within the 21 day allocated time frame?
3. How many FPNs have not been paid within the 28 day allocated time frame, and subsequently gone to court?
4. How much revenue has been collected from FPNs between September 2018 - July 2019?
5. Could you please provide a comparison for questions 1-4 for the previous school year (2017-2018)?

Yours faithfully,

Naomi Aharony

Warwickshire County Council

 
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Dear Ms Aharony
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 22 October
2019.
 
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Bruce Green
Information Rights Officer

Information Management Team
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412211

 

 
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Our reference: 5042953

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Dear Ms Aharony
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 22 October 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request. 
 
 
Kind regards
 
 
Bruce Green
Information Rights Officer

Information Management Team
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412211  
 
 
 
 
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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Fyi. Council's aren't very open. Your request "sept to July" wouldn't give a full year of records. They issue penalties in August too. Administration tasks time, and despite schools being closed the council still issue to catch up on absences from July etc.

Id also point out that they do record quite a substantial amount of information in email correspondence between the absence team and head teachers. It isn't centrally recorded... But it is recorded in individual case files so their response is flawed (search of files is likely to exceed the prescribed cost limit however - and this would of been the correct response...)